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Reported Celtic and West Bromwich Albion target Sebastian Andersson has handed in a transfer request at Union Berlin as he looks to force a move away from the Bundesliga minnows, coach Urs Fischer tells BuliNews.

With the new German football campaign kicking off this weekend with the DFB Pokal first round, Andersson’s decision could hardly have come at a worse time.

It was the Swede’s 12 goals that ensured Union Berlin avoided the drop during their first ever Bundesliga campaign after all, and his impending departure means the capital club face a race against time to replace their top-scorer and talisman before the transfer window shuts at the start of October.

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“He has put in a transfer request. As a consequence, he wasn’t in the squad,” Fischer said after the 1-0 cup victory over Karlsruher SC.

BZ reported in July that Watford have identified the 6ft 3ins target man, who scored seven of his 12 goals in 2019/20 with his head, as the man to fire them back into the Premier League at the first time of asking.

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Celtic are also interested amid doubts over the futures of Leigh Griffiths and Odsonne Edouard, while Newcastle United, Bournemouth and West Brom are interested too (Kicker).

Try as they might, Slaven Bilic’s Baggies have failed to reinforce a less-than-prolific front line and Andersson would surely come cheaper than the £17 million-rated Karlan Grant, while offering a huge threat from set-piece situations.

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Celtic’s record transfer sales

  1. Kieran Tierney

    £25 million (Arsenal)

  2. Moussa Dembele

    £19.7 million (Lyon)

  3. Victor Wanyama

    £12.5 million (Southampton)

  4. Virgil van Dijk

    £11.5 million (Southampton)

  5. Fraser Forster

    £10 million (Southampton)

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